Who we are

Alessandro Aurigi, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

Alessandro Aurigi is Professor of Urban Design and Associate Dean: Research at the University of Plymouth. He has previously worked at Newcastle University and UCL (UK). His research focuses on the relationships between our increasingly digital society and the ways we conceive, design, and manage urban space, to enhance and support place quality. Alex has published Making the Digital City and Augmented Urban Spaces (Ashgate), and has a new forthcoming volume on ‘Digital and Smart Cities’ with Katharine Willis (Routledge).

Nancy Odendaal, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Nancy Odendaal is Associate Professor in City and Regional Planning at the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on three interconnected areas of enquiry: infrastructure development, technology innovation, socio-spatial change in cities. She has also published on urban planning education and the theoretical and empirical parameters of case study research. Previously, Nancy was based at the African Centre for Cities, where she coordinated the expansion of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS), and managed an Africa-wide project on curricula reform of city and regional planning programmes with AAPS.